Summer Music Institute
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30th Anniversary of SMI

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Summer Music Institute
c/o Dr. N. Carlotta Parr
Department of Music
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT, 06050-4010

phone: (860) 832-3317
email: parrc@ccsu.edu

Department of Music Web Site


CHORAL
  • Building a Choral Program of Depth and Excellence

    • This workshop will deal with setting up and maintaining an excellent high school or middle school choral program. Building depth and excellence on many levels will bring about effective results. Concentration on the building blocks of solid vocal technieque, rehearsal technique, developing the choral sound, voice, color and choral seating. Sessions will also explore quality repertoire for all levels and concert programing ideas. Techniques for building in all the elements for the performance of the piece from very beginning will be demonstrated. methods that will equip your singer to execute the repertoire with beauty, excellence and passion will be explored. What elements, and in what order, will bring the results you want? In addition, we will be looking into Differentiated Instruction, Learning Styles, and Multiple Intelligence as they relate to the choral rehearsal.

      • 50484 MUS 506A, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 7-11
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Christine Bass
      • Location: Welte 021
  • Recruiting, Engaging, and Retaining Singers!

    • Great ideas for building up the membership in your choirs, especially the boys! What brings them in the door? What gets them engaged in great singing and what keeps them singing? Practical ideas from a director who has grown her choirs from 60 to 325, from 11 young men to 100! This course will provide many fresh, practical ideas for recruiting. Help for getting young men into the choral program seems to be a major problem for many directors. What are some ways to change that? What makes it 'cool' to sing? How can you get the athletes singing as well? I will present many tested, tried and true methods for recruitment. Additional ideas for what to do once you bring those warm bodies into your choir room, what do you need to do to keep them, train them and get them hooked on choral music so they become your future ambassadors. Discovering practical ways to build your choir’s sound, strengthen the individual singers while achieving choral tone and artistry. Hands on techniques for posture, breathing, support, resonance, and articulation, and problem solving common choral issues within the rehearsal. A tested, tried and true ‘bag of tricks’ that will change the sound of your choir. In addition we will be exploring ideas for strengthening student leadership, building a musical family, personal motivation and accountability, incentives, special events and music trip ideas.

      • 50485 MUS 506B, Sec 02
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 7-11
      • 1:15 pm–5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Christine Bass
      • Location: Welte 021
  • Choral Director's Symposium

    • A workshop designed to address choral repertoire for comprehensive choral programs in public and private schools at all levels, as well as community and church choirs. Quality choral repertoire in all genres and representing the past five centuries will be introduced and discussed. Other topics addressed will include rehearsal techniques to reinforce stylistic elements of various historical periods and genres, changing voice choirs, and multi-cultural music. This course will be beneficial for choral directors at all levels.

      • 50486 MUS 508, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 21-25
      • 1:15 pm-5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructors: Drew Collins
      • Location: Welte 021
  • Topics in Vocal Techniques: The Unseen Instrument

    • The voice is essentially invisible, the only musical instrument that arises from the human body. This workshop will take a light-hearted but practical approach to that basic problem, offering specific information on the physical structure of the voice, exercises/images for posture, breath management, resonance, registration, vowel modification, and other topics suggested by workshop participants. The application of healthy speech habits and general vocal health to teaching life will be addressed. The course is invaluable for instrumental teachers who find themselves teaching vocal music at any level. Emphasis will be on actual singing with plenty of time for individual questions. There will be occasional use of YouTube videos and the Internet, so participants are encouraged to bring their tablets and/or PCs.

      • 50494 MUS 570, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 28-August 1
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Judith Nicosia
      • Location: Welte 021
  • Choral Conducting Inside and Out

    • This workshop will focus on the relationship between expressive gesture and sound, alignment, score study, and vocal pedagogy. Participants will: receive one-on-one instruction and feedback in a master class setting; develop a method of score study applicable to a variety of pieces; address alignment through Alexander Technique and other postural resources; explore group vocal technique and gain teaching tools for refining choral sound. This course will be beneficial for middle and high choral directors, and directors of community choirs.

      • 50503 MUS 507B, Sec 02
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 28-August 1
      • 1:15-5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30pm
      • Instructor: Amanda Quist
      • Location: Welte 021
General Music Education

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  • Sound Connections in the Comprehensive Music Curriculum

    • This course is designed for teachers interested in enhancing students’ learning by explicitly focusing on meaningful connections from music to other closely related subjects such as literature, visual art, history, and cultural studies (interdisciplinary thinking). We will also explore how students can learn to understand the various connections across musical works, styles, composers, and genres (intradisciplinary thinking). We’ll experience and think about choosing works with high integrative potential; creating instructional zones to encourage students’ ideas and interpretations; responding through listening, moving, and creating; and assessing the connections students form. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of student work or projects you have designed to promote meaningful connections within the music curriculum and across the school.

      • 50493 MUS 557B, Sec 02
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 14-18
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Janet Barrett
      • Location: Welte 019
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Experiencing Rhythm in Your Whole Body

    • This workshop will look at the elements of music through kinesthetic awareness. Participants will be actively engaged in music making through movement—connecting the brain to the body. While this workshop is primarily for the general music classroom, transfers will be made for the choral and instrumental classroom as well. Handouts and additional examples will help teachers take these ideas to their classrooms. Please come wearing loose, comfortable clothing, soft-soled shoes, and be ready to feel the joy of music.

      • 50482 MUS 505A, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 14-18
      • 1:15-5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: David Frego
      • Location: Welte Stage
  • Integrating iPads into the Elementary Music Classroom: A Course for Elementary Teachers Taught By An Elementary Teacher

    • As technology use continues to grow in the elementary music classrooms, music educators are highly encouraged to explore and utilize apps in a variety of classroom settings. In this course, we will discover, explore and create lesson plans using numerous resourceful apps that can be easily utilized in any elementary music classroom. CCSU can provide an iPad for this course as well as the participants can bring their own.

      • 50492 MUS 557A, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 14-18
      • 8:00 am–12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Amy Burns
      • Location: Welte 205
  • Of Stories and Songs: Composing Our Way through K - 5

    • The “Of Stories and Songs” course will invite K-5 elementary music teachers to experience composition lessons and activities appropriate for each grade level.  The lessons will provide a model for composition as a curricular thread running through grades K-5.  Each lesson will feature a story, character, or event from children’s literature as a point of departure for exploring personal creativity in music. Links to Common Core standards are woven into the process. Participants will experience composition lessons directly as we compose together, then reflect on the processes of teaching and learning in composition, and also learn how to design effective composition lessons and activities for elementary school children. Participants will leave this class with personal experience as composers, the confidence to undertake composition lessons, and high quality engaging lessons and materials that will allow them to immediately get their own students creating compositions of which they can be proud.

      • 50476 MUS 501, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 21-25
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructors: Janice Smith and Michele Kaschub
      • Location: Welte 019
  • Get Them Moving, Keep Them Moving!

    • Experience a week of movement activities designed to engage students musically, mentally, physically and socially! Participants will come away with a repertoire of creative movement activities, traditional dances and games, classroom management ideas and a sequence for success. Traditional dances include International folk dances, play parties, contra dances, square dances, English country dance, and scatter and circle mixers. Every culture and time period has its own traditional dances, songs and games. Participation in these traditional games and dances can help build community, collaboration and cooperation, create interpersonal connections, and help students focus and learn problem solving skills and practice good manners and consideration of others. Musically, participants will be able to help students experience beat, rhythm, meter, form, sequencing and the simple joy of moving to a variety of musical styles and cultures.  Connections to other curriculum areas such as history, social studies and math are also common benefits to learning traditional dances.

      • 50508 MUS 552, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 28-August 1
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Jan Baker
      • Location: Welte 019
  • Cultivating a Creative Learning Community in the General Music Classroom

    • With the advent of new national music standards, the common core, and the demands of a global economy come new expectations in education. All teachers, including music educators, are called to reassess teaching best practice. This course is designed for elementary and middle school general music teachers who want to create a learning community that nurtures creativity and problem solving, critical thinking, self-evaluation and accountability. Participants will learn strategies for teaching the creative process, encouraging social responsibility and collaborative practice and will identify resources for using technology for assessment and evaluation!

      • 50483 MUS 505B, Sec 02
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 28-August 1
      • 1:15-5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Kim Yannon
      • Location: Welte 019
Instrumental

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  • Effective Teaching Strategies for the String Class

    • Are you a string player and want to expand your knowledge and secondary instrument skills, a new teacher, or are you a band director that has just been assigned to teach strings for the first time? Then this course is for you! Designed for the K–12 music educator, this course will investigate best practices and materials for a heterogeneous or homogeneous string class or individual instruction! Kirk Moss, Chair of music education at Lawrence University and past President of ASTA, will review and enhance your pedagogical knowledge, secondary instrument skills, teaching strategies, comprehensive lesson materials, assessment tools, literature selection, and recruiting tacti.

      • 50506 MUS 512, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 7-11
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Kirk Moss
      • Location: Welte 019
  • Teaching Improvisation with Technology

    • This course is designed for music educators who want to learn how to use technology to enhance student improvisational skills in elementary and secondary instrumental and vocal ensembles. No previous experience with improvisation is required. Computer software will be incorporated to help students create custom improvisation accompaniments for their own band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, or chorus. Activities include evaluating existing published improvisation materials by Neil Kjos, Hal Leonard, and Jamey Aebersold. Computer software used includes: Band-in-a-Box, GarageBand, Finale and SmartMusic. In addition, iPad apps iReal Pro, SmartMusic for iPad, and GarageBand for iPad, will be incorporated. Ten (10) iPads will be available for your use or you may bring your own. Participants are encouraged to bring a band or string instrument to play in class (not required). The course will be taught in the CCSU Mac computer lab. Most computer software applications are also compatible with Windows computers.

      • 50496 MUS 579, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 7-11
      • 1:15–5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Michael Fein
      • Location: Welte 205
  • Composing and Arranging for School Bands

    • This course is designed to help those with an interest in writing music for school bands to take their music to the next level of effectiveness and professionalism. No one knows your band and its abilities better than you; with a little creativity you can create useful original compositions and arrangements that feature its strengths and emphasize the concepts you want. Topics include the craft of composition, taking your music from sketch to score, writing appropriately for beginning, intermediate, and advanced bands, and ways to get your music published. Instructor Dr. Scott Watson, a frequently published and commissioned composer of music for band and orchestra at all levels, and an exclusive composer for Alfred Publications Challenger Band Series, will share publisher templates, tips for shopping your music to publishers, and ways to prepare professional looking scores and great sounding demo recordings. Bring any band sketches, manuscripts, and score files along. Pre-requisite: Facility with music notation software, which will be used for projects throughout the week. To hear more about this course, click on this YouTube link! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu4MDpEmc7c.

      • 50479 MUS 503A, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 14-18
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructors: Scott Watson
      • Location: Wetle 019
  • Topics in Instrumental Music Education: Brass Techniques

    • This course is designed as an extension of the brass methods class in the traditional undergraduate music education curriculum. A review of fundamentals of brass playing technique and current pedagogical methods and specific problems related to brass pedagogy will be presented. Literature for brass students will be examined. Current equipment and instruments will be explored. Participants are requested to provide their own brass instrument(s) for the course. A limited number of instruments will be available.

      • 50481 MUS 503B, Sec 02
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 14-18
      • 1:15-5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Daniel D'Addio
      • Location: Welte 019
  • Instrumental Repertoire for the Curious Music Educator

    • In this workshop participants will examine standard repertoire for wind band and wind chamber ensembles, especially the neglected works in our repertoire. We will also explore the role of wind chamber music in the school curriculum, as well as developing the skills for a deeper interpretation of the music we teach. And most importantly, we will question, explore and discuss the process that every teacher uses in determining the repertoire most suited for their own ensembles. Each participant should bring scores to the music they are considering performing in the future, or works that they might simply wish to explore in deeper detail.

      • 50495 MUS 572, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 28-August 1
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Rodney Winther
      • Location: Welte 109
  • Instrumental Conducting

    • This hands-on workshop will focus on improving the conducting techniques and skills for all instrumental conductors with special attention given to manual technique, refining and augmenting physical gesture vocabulary, body movements, increasing left hand flexibility and independence, sharpening and elevating aural diagnostic skills and streamlining score study and preparation. Literature from standard repertoire for band and chamber ensembles will be employed. Class participants will work from the podium with individual coaching from Professor Winther. Each participant must bring an instrument(s) to play as part of the lab ensemble when not on the podium. Participants should check the SMI for the list of scores they should bring.

      • 50502 MUS 507A, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 28-August 1
      • 1:15-5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30pm
      • Instructor: Rodney Winther
      • Location: Welte Stage
Technology

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  • Teaching Music in the Cloud

    • Times are changing in the world of educational software, and music software is at the cutting edge. Cloud-based tools are the future of software delivery, allowing students and teachers to use state of the art music software on any machine in any browser at any time. This course will take an in depth view at many of these free and low cost solutions and how they can be integrated into the K-12 music curriculum. From Learning Management Systems to online notation and sequencing, Teaching Music in the Cloud will get you up to speed with this exciting development in music technology.

      • 50507 MUS 528A, Sec C 01
      • 2 credits, $640 + $50 Online Fee
      • July 7-25
      • Instructor: James Frankel
      • Online Only
  • Music & Multi Media, Creativity & Learning

    • Creating music through multimedia projects and the ability to share them with one's peers is at the heart this course. A variety of fairly sophisticated, but relatively inexpensive and user-friendly multimedia tools and their potential for engaging students in musical thinking will be explored. Using software platforms such as Audacity, Garage-Band/Soundation, iMovie, participants will complete projects designed for desktop computers or hand-held devices and can be easily implement in their own classrooms. These include: Intro to Audio Editing Project: Found Sound beat boxing/Ostinato; Audio Editing Project: Audio Ethnography Project; Video Editing/Ear Training Project, and Video Creation & Film Scoring Project. These projects will provide music educators with real world contexts and a host of interdisciplinary and cooperative learning opportunities for tapping into students¹ creative and musical inclinations.

      • 50504 MUS 502A, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 7-11
      • 8:00 am–12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Gena Greher
      • Location: Welte 205
  • Teaching Improvisation with Technology

    • This course is designed for music educators who want to learn how to use technology to enhance student improvisational skills in elementary and secondary instrumental and vocal ensembles. No previous experience with improvisation is required. Computer software will be incorporated to help students create custom improvisation accompaniments for their own band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, or chorus. Activities include evaluating existing published improvisation materials by Neil Kjos, Hal Leonard, and Jamey Aebersold. Computer software to be used includes: Band-in-a-Box, GarageBand, Finale and SmartMusic. In addition, iPad apps iReal Pro, SmartMusic for iPad, and GarageBand for iPad, will be incorporated. Ten (10) iPads will be available for your use or you may bring your own. Participants are encouraged to bring a band or string instrument to play in class (not required). The course will be taught in the CCSU Mac computer lab. Most computer software applications are also compatible with Windows computers.

      • 50496 MUS 579, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 7-11
      • 1:15-5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Michael Fein
      • Location: Welte 205
  • Integrating iPads into the Elementary Music Classroom: A Course for Elementary Teachers Taught By An Elementary Teacher

    • As technology use continues to grow in the elementary music classrooms, music educators are highly encouraged to explore and utilize apps in a variety of classroom settings. In this course, we will discover, explore and create lesson plans using numerous resourceful apps that can be easily utilized in any elementary music classroom. CCSU can provide an iPad for this course as well as the participants can bring their own.

      • 50492 MUS 557A, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 14-18
      • 8:00 am–12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Amy Burns
      • Location: Welte 205
  • Finale: A Music Teacher's Best Friend

    • Finale, the leading professional computer music notation program, is also a valuable tool for today’s music educator. In addition to reviewing the best ways to typeset music with the program, participants will discover many Finale features that will save them time and help them in their effectiveness with students. Topics include: creating lead sheets, vocal and instrumental scores, exercises, warm-ups, drills, flash cards, music puzzles and games; scanning music into the program; creating musical graphics to use in word processing; getting more realistic playback; easy student composition projects; sharing Finale files with other MIDI and audio programs (i.e. Sibelius, GarageBand, etc.) and for use online; exporting files to use in SmartMusic; and strategies to help special learners in music class and ensembles. The emphasis will be on practical scenarios and solutions that can enhance your teaching. This course is structured for both the Finale beginner and those with more experience and will allow for differentiation. Apple Macintosh computers will be used, however, all Finale files open and work similarly for PC’s.

      • 50488 MUS 528, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 14-18
      • 1:15-5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Scott Watson
      • Location: Welte 205
  • iPad Music Tech Camp

    • Are you looking for curriculum integration strategies for using iPads in the classroom or just curious about adding it as a tool to your arsenal that can support your teaching and your students’ learning? Bring your iPad to this course and find out how it can be used for just about any educational purpose you can think of, from productivity, presentation, and organization, to composition, performance, and much more. During this course participants will primarily focus on three strands: composition, performance, and productivity. Many relevant apps will be explored, useful accessories will be demonstrated, and practical applications for the music classroom and rehearsal room will be developed and shared. Participants will be provided with a list of free and paid iPad apps that will be explored during the course prior to commencement. The additional cost of these apps will not exceed the price of a textbook. Ten (10) iPads will be available for your use or you may BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and learn how the iPad is shifting the landscape of teaching and learning and discover new ways to enrich your curriculum.

      • 50491 MUS 536B, Sec 02
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 21-25
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Stefani Langol
      • Location: Welte 205
  • Tech Inspired Music Education!

    • Technology is a powerful and flexible tool that can help inspire teaching and the creative process. By becoming familiar with and utilizing digital media and music tools, both software-based and cloud-based, we can develop and customize engaging resources for the classroom and rehearsal room that will support the delivery of our curriculum and our students’ learning. This hands-on course explores and evaluates a wide spectrum of tools that will help participants create audio and video resources that can be used to “flip the classroom”; create a multimedia eBook; and, create a simple template-based website and blog that can be used to showcase your music program, post curriculum materials and student work, and share lesson ideas and resources with colleagues. This course is relevant for general, instrumental, and choral teachers at all levels.

      • 50490 MUS 536A, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 21-25
      • 1:15 –5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Stefani Langol
      • Location: Welte 205
  • Presenting, Practicing, and Performing with iPads

    • Teaching and rehearsing with your iPad in your hand can significantly enhance your effectiveness. Students can use the iPad for practice and performance. Learn how to wirelessly connect your iPad to your computer projector or interactive whiteboard with an app that costs eleven dollars. Learn to use Apple Keynote and MusicMaster Pro apps for creating sheet music and presentations you can use for class/rehearsal demonstration. Practicing will never be the same using iReal, the Band-in-a-Box for iPad, and dozens of apps will be reviewed including tuners, metronomes, digital recording and more. Turn the iPad into a performance instrument with apps such as ThumbJam, GarageBand, Theremin, Synthesizers and others. Many of the apps included in the course are free. Others cost from $.99 to $8.00. You may use one of the CCSU iPads or bring your own iPad (iPad 2 or later). If you bring your own iPad, you should be able to download and install free apps. The total cost of apps demonstrated would be approximately $25.00 if you choose to purchase them, which is optional. Ten (10) iPads will be available for your use or you can bring your iPad connector for charging and transferring files to your iPad from the lab computers.

      Prerequisite: No previous experience with the iPad is required

      • 50489 MUS 529, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 28-August 1
      • 8:00 am-12:30 pm & Tues 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Tom Rudolph
      • Location Welte 205
  • SmartMusic Applications for Instrumental and Choral Students and Ensembles

    • This course is designed for new and experienced SmartMusic users. Learn how to get the most out of SmartMusic software and the new features available including SmartMusic on the iPad, hundreds of new accompaniments, the ability to assess students with rubrics and create assignments associated with state standards. If you are a new SmartMusic user you will receive a free one-year educator subscription. If you are a current SmartMusic user and you already have a teacher subscription you will receive two free 90-day student subscriptions. You will learn how to manage your teacher gradebook and create your own custom SmartMusic exercises using Finale or Sibelius. You will learn how SmartMusic can be used in your group lessons and rehearsals and how your students can use it to improve their practice experience at school and at home. Please bring several printed pieces of music or method books with you that you would like to use with SmartMusic and/or one or more audio CDs to use to create SmartMusic accompaniments during the course. SmartMusic will be used on the lab Mac computers and iPads.

      Prerequisite: No previous experience with SmartMusic is required

      • 50487 MUS 515, Sec 01
      • 2 credits, $640
      • July 28-August 1
      • 1:15-5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pm
      • Instructor: Tom Rudolph
      • Location: Welte 205
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